O.J. Howard Wiping His Brow

October 21st, 2018


He had to be the happiest man in the Den of Depression.

Bucs tight end O.J. Howard is a freaking stud. He’s having a monster breakout sophomore season in the NFL and at times looks to be an undefensable tight end.

But in one major play today, Howard found a way he could be stopped. He stopped himself.

With a third-and-three on the Bucs-45 with just under nine minutes left in regulation, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, lofted a short pass to the left side that went right through the hands of Howard.

What would have been a first down at midfield with a touchdown lead and the Bucs able to chew up clock, now the Bucs had to punt.

Cleveland marched downfield and had a first down on the Bucs-11 when the defense rose up and stonewalled Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on fourth-and-goal from the one to take over possession.

Remember, the defense had been such a sieve this season that Bucs coach Dirk Koetter jettisoned his long-time friend and Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith,

And Joe was convinced nobody was happier than Howard, as the defense took Howard off the hook.

“Yeah, I should have caught that third-down pass,” a relieved Howard told Joe after the game. “It was just bad timing. I didn’t keep my eyes on the ball. But yeah man, I was happy.”

And how about that defense? It kept the Browns off the board for the first half quarters and had a critical goal-line stand.

Just a few days ago if someone would have said the Bucs defense would have done that today, you’d probably be dragged off and tested for narcotics.

16 Responses to “O.J. Howard Wiping His Brow”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    OJ will be fine…..what a beast!!! I am so happy we have him…..will be a great Buc player for years to come….

    He’s very happy, I’m sure…..but not near as happy as Chandler….imagine what a goat he could have been……wow, what a kick under what had to be immense mental pressure!!!

  2. Wright Says:

    3 more home-wins to go, Joe, before we lose the Den of Depression moniker!

  3. BringBucsBack Says:

    Yes, today the offense seemed to be a little uninspired, lackadaisical & care-free with the ball. What ever happened to “high and tight”, once we do get the ball in our hands? Schiano had his guys doing this!?

  4. Destinjohnny Says:

    If he played with Rodgers or Brees……

  5. unbelievable Says:

    Concentration and focus was a problem for the entire offense today.

    Drops from Evans, Godwin and Hump.

    Fumble from Brate.

    2 bad interceptions from Jameis.

    Offensive line just a sieve at times.

    Also gotta give props to Cleveland defense. They are near top of the league in sacks and turnovers. Lots of talent on their d-line.

    Offense better sharpen up for Cinci and Carolina.

  6. El_Buc941 Says:

    Let’s hope that winning field goal boosts Katanzaros faith in himself and confidence. The kid has the leg. He made that 59yarder look like cake unlike Matt Bryant last week he sprained his groin/calf from the same distance. And Katanzaro still had plenty of room.im confident he could’ve made it from even 63yards.

  7. Easy Says:

    Jameis has to be the happiest man in One Buc right now

  8. rrsrq Says:

    If he played with Rogers or Brees, who are these Bucs fans, he plays with Fitz and Jameis, last I checked, he had a better rookie year than many TEs, including one that plays with Brady (Gronk) and one that played with Brees (Graham)

  9. Destinjohnny Says:

    Being a tide fan I have always marveled at his abilities.
    I would love to have him play with an elite q.b at
    Some stage.
    If u think jameis is elite u are smoking the drapes

  10. HowToSpellRhonde Says:

    @ Destinjohnny

    I haven’t seen a single JBF poster call Jameis elite. Get that crap outta here.

  11. Matt14 Says:


    I would love to see OJ win a Super Bowl here in Tampa, not playing on a different team. GO BUCS!

  12. Destinjohnny Says:

    If u think jameis is top 20 u are smoking the drapes

  13. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Wright, watching that game today all I was thinking was thang god we are playing the Browns, and thank god they are not playing well today. I highly doubt we have 3 more home wins this season.

  14. Destinjohnny Says:

    Same- I just just hope at some stage he can play with a great quarterback

  15. tickrdr Says:

    Indefensible not undefensable.


    While I am at it, since tickrdr = Grammar Nerd:

    complIment(n.) = an expression of praise or admiration
    complIment(v.) = to say something nice
    e.g. ” You look nice today!”
    complImentary = Saying something nice about someone etc.
    “That patient was very complImentary about my staff.”
    Also can mean = “on the house”, or free.
    “The chocolates on my pillow were complImentary; there was no charge.”
    complEment(n.) = something that completes or at least improves
    complEment(v.) = to complete or improve
    e.g. “A good rushing attack can complement a passing attack.”
    complEmentary(adj) = used to describe something that completes or improves
    e.g. “Rushing for 168 yards was quite complEmentary to our passing attack, since the defense didn’t know what to try to stop.”


    BTW: We should be happy, since we are now TWO wins vs. FOURTEEN losses when we have three or more turnovers in a game.

  16. BucTown Says: